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ACM Queue’s “Research for Practice” serves up expert-curated guides to the best of computing research, and relates these breakthroughs to the challenges that software engineers face every day. In this installment, "Crash Consistency," we asked Ram Alagappan, an Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, to survey recent research on crash consistency—the guarantee that application data will survive system crashes. Unlike memory consistency, crash consistency is an end-to-end concern, requiring not only that the lower levels of the system are implemented correctly, but also that their interfaces are used correctly by applications.